penny barkas vegan mum

I am Vegan Mum. Welcome to my world!

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Bowl of orange carrot and cumin soup with parsley and toasted pumpkin seeds

Nourishing Carrot and Cumin Soup

There are so many reasons to eat Carrot and Cumin soup. You might not fancy a big meal, perhaps you’re a bit under the weather,

Bottle of Marsala Wine with dried shiitake and mixed mushrooms scattered beneath a plant

Mushroom Gravy Recipe

This Vegan Mushroom Gravy recipe with shallots and cream is quick and easy, and is delicious with nut roasts, or on anything with mashed potato

Pack of This Isn't Pork Sausages next to a pack of This Isn't Bacon Lardons, in front of a wooden chopping board with shallots and mushrooms on

12 Best Vegan Sausages

Best vegan sausage brands detailing nutrition, price range and the best recipes to use them in

Vegan Lifestyle


Moon reflecting on sea

Quench the Moon, by Walter Macken

Author: Walter Macken Genre: Fiction Editor’s rating: 4.5/5 Stephen O’Riordan is a boy growing up in the harsh, atmospheric landscape of Connemara. The novel explores

Who is Vegan Mum?

Well, I’m a vegan and I’m a Mum, so pretty straightforward really. Known as ‘Mumsy’ by my 3 grown-up children, it is (hopefully) a benign term of endearment!

And with my gorgeous grandson now in the world, I’m also a Nansy. Similar sentiment I hope.

So that’s it, I’m not really all that interesting and you may therefore be wondering why I have this website! But veganism is interesting and learning to live as a vegan can at times be very easy, or very challenging, depending on the circumstances.

Veganism causes you to ask some important questions:

  • How do you deal with that legion of flies in your kitchen?
  • What do you do about the mouse chewing through the wires in your loft (and competing nightly with Ryan Gosling for that tap-dancing trophy)?
  • Should you take your GP’s advice and break from your vegan lifestyle whilst you’re pregnant, or bringing up young children?
  • What are we going to eat tonight that’s quick?


Yes, the last point is tongue-in-cheek (but probably heard in vegan households throughout the land!)

Anyway, I hope this website facilitates conversation, helps people to see how easy it can be to live as a vegan, and tackles some of the more knotty problems that can come your way.

Most of all, whether vegan or not, I hope it’s an enjoyable way to pass some time.

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